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Efficient CO2 and H2O Removal with Novel Adsorbentsfor Life Support Applications on Mars

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18P2138
Agency Tracking Number: 181154
Amount: $122,083.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T6
Solicitation Number: STTR_18_P1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-26
Small Business Information
1811 Francisco Street,#4
Berkeley, CA 94703-1354
United States
DUNS: 079422525
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thomas McDonald
 (303) 578-9567
Business Contact
 Jason Husk
Title: VP Business Development
Phone: (925) 289-9623
Research Institution
 University of California Berkeley
2150 Shattuck Ave., 10th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704-1363
United States

 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)

Very low CO2 concentrations that accumulate quickly from human respiration can have dramatic health effects, and thus in NASA’s history many technical removal strategies for CO2 from a confined atmosphere have been suggested and explored. A CO2 removal system that functions in a is a new area of research, as the primary CO2 removal component in the state-of-the-art system doesn’t have the adsorption performance behavior necessary to function in a Martian atmosphere. We propose to use an alternative adsorbent with unique and highly applicable CO2 adsorption properties - a diamine-appended metal-organic framework (MOF) - as a drop-in replacement for Zeolite 5A, the CO2 adsorbent onboard the ISS. Importantly, the mechanism for CO2 adsorption is disparate from the water adsorption mechanism, allowing the material to be the foundation of newly efficient CO2 removal processes. 

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